In the Trayvon Martin case race served as a catalyst, arousing fear and suspicion which led an armed man to follow a teenager who had done nothing wrong. The subsequent outrage was over the assumption that young black men are dangerous, the unfair treatment that results and a justice system that reinforces that assumption. There is little doubt that Delbert Belton’s killers were dangerous. One killing, however, is not enough evidence to condemn young black men in general. Before anyone uses this case to illustrate what young black men are really like, they should find objective numbers to back up their claim and use those numbers as a foundation for a reasonable hypothesis as opposed to leaping to an easy conclusion. On that note, living in a society where they are presumed guilty has measurable (and measured) effects on young black men. Time and time again evidence shows that we are less empathetic towards black men and that lack of empathy directly contributes to higher incarceration rates, higher arrest rates, higher rates of mental illness, lower employment prospects and lower wages. Each of these effects, ironically enough, also increase the risk of violent or criminal behavior. Independent of these factors, the evidence that young black men are more dangerous than anyone else is very limited.